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Christopher Clark Deschene’s hopes of becoming the next president of the Navajo Nation have been severely undermined as events unfolded this past week within the tribe to resolve the question of who will be facing Joe Shirley Jr. for the position.

Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly vetoed the bill that could have aided embattled and disqualified Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene.

While the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors stated Monday that the Nov. 4 general election continues on as is, they, along with presidential candidate Christopher Clark Deschene, have received an order for contempt of court.

The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors convened most of its special meeting in executive session Monday to discuss the 2014 General Election.

Once Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signs or vetoes an emergency bill that amends the language qualifications for elected positions, including the presidency and vice-presidency, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors will then decide how to proceed with the Nov. 4 general election.

After hours of seemingly endless debating, the Navajo Nation Council voted just after midnight to remove the Navajo language requirement from qualifications to run for Navajo Nation President.

In respect of the solar eclipse, which will take effect from 3 p.m. to about 6 p.m. local time, the Navajo Nation Council agreed Thursday to recess until it passes.

The Navajo Supreme Court, in a decision released on Thursday, has ordered the postponement of the November 4 tribal election for Navajo Nation president.

There was hope early this week that there would be a final decision by the time this issue of the Navajo Times went to press on all matters dealing with the upcoming election for Navajo Nation president.

Joe Shirley Jr.’s vice presidential running mate Dineh Benally is accused of failing to repay the Navajo Nation hundreds of thousands of dollars.